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  • 03 Dec 2015 13:03 | Rachel Jenner (Administrator)

    Please review the attached pdf for clarification on what you should be paying your employees.  We are continually working to have our determination of size be sales minus prizes, but as of today sales is the sole determiner of large versus a small employer.  

    mnminwage.pdf

  • 24 Nov 2015 13:23 | Rachel Jenner (Administrator)

    I received a call today from a non ACM member charity.  I was told that they have been getting invoices from ACM for equipment.  I told the charity that ACM does not sell equipment.  The only invoices that we issue are for annual membership, currently at $250 per year for both members and associate members.  As of January 1, 2016, members approved at the 2015 annual meeting that annual dues will be going to $275 for members and $300 for associate members on your annual renewal date.  There will be no $25 or $50 invoice for the increase coming from ACM.  If you receive an invoice that says it is from ACM, but does not seem correct, please call or scan/fax the invoice to ACM.  Regards, Al Lund 

  • 27 Oct 2015 12:40 | Rachel Jenner (Administrator)

    The system is back up and running.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

  • 22 Oct 2015 12:42 | Rachel Jenner (Administrator)

    The ACM website is having issues with charities becoming members or paying their renewal on-line with a credit/debit card.  We are researching these issues and hope to have the system back in operation soon.  We appreciate your patience.

    The on-line registration system for convention is still operating and no issues are currently being reported with paying on line with a debit/credit card.  

  • 17 Aug 2015 15:04 | Rachel Jenner (Administrator)

    Change on Form G1 and Schedule A Line Order

    The Minnesota Department of Revenue recently revised the Lawful Gambling Monthly Tax Return (Form G1). The Gambling Control Board (GCB) also made changes to its Receipts and Expenses by Site (Form LG100A).

    Due to these changes, the lines on Form LG100A no longer are in the same order as Form G1.  

    When you report your lawful gambling activity on the tax return (Form G1), please verify that you report each form of gambling on the correct line.

    Lawful Purpose Expenditures

    Remember that you cannot include lawful gambling taxes paid on Form G1, line 21.

    Questions?

    If you have questions, contact the Lawful Gambling Tax Unit at 651-297-1772 orlawfulgambling@state.mn.us.


  • 08 Aug 2015 07:34 | Rachel Jenner (Administrator)

    http://cdcgamingreports.com/skill-based-slot-machines-still-far-from-reaching-casino-floors/

    If you have the time read the article about skill based slot machines.  This is what some are saying is the future of gaming, especially for younger demographics.  Skill based slots resemble the games that they all have grown up playing.  


    The interesting thing to me is that skill based removes the element of chance and therefore it can be argued that it is no longer gambling even though there will be winners and losers of actual money.  What may this come to mean for those of us in charitable gaming in Minnesota?


    These have a ways to go before they hit the floor in Vegas, but it will be something to follow.  


    I share articles like these from time to time.  I do that because it is my belief that to ignore what goes on in the rest of the gaming world can have dire consequences for our charitable world in the long run.  


  • 08 Aug 2015 07:24 | Rachel Jenner (Administrator)

    The www.alliedcharitiesofminnesota.wildapricot.org website will no longer be updated.

    ACM website has returned to:

    http://www.alliedcharitiesmn.org

  • 03 Aug 2015 16:04 | Rachel Jenner (Administrator)

    Please see the link to the article.

    http://www.chisagocountypress.com/main.asp?SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=20874&SectionID=1

    I have submitted the following rebuttle:

    The article on charitable gaming in the 7/30 edition of the Chisago County Press was welcomed in helping to explain charitable gaming to the general public.


    I do need to take issue with two of the comments at the end of article in regards to overhead and taxes.  The percentage figures quoted in regards to taxes (3.5%) and expenses (9%) are if we actually had $1.4 billion at our disposal to pay taxes and expenses.  The reality is that since we return 83% ($1.162 billion) of the $1.4 billion to players in our communities in the form of prizes, we have roughly $238 million at our disposal with which to pay expenses, taxes and contribute to our chosen missions. 


    Charities get to deduct nothing prior to calculating our state tax liability; on average we pay 20% to the state for every dollar that we get to put in the bank (36% is our top rate).  This translates into almost $48 million in taxes to the state of MN this past year.   Chisago City Fire Relief is paying state taxes on the money that it uses to buy lifesaving equipment for the citizens of Chisago City. 


    Overhead for charitable organizations averages just over 50% of the total money deposited, roughly $119 million.


    That leaves charitable organizations with $71 million for our missions.  Not a small number by any means, but one that could be much greater if the state were not taking such a large cut of the proceeds meant to benefit our local communities.


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